Conference Proceedings Paper
LESSONS LEARNT FROM FUKUSHIMA ACCIDENT – WHAT DID MCMASTER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS LEARN ?
35th Annual CNS Conference - 2015 May 31 - June 3
S. Nagasaki (McMaster University)
Nuclear communities not only in Japan but also around the world learnt a lot of lessons from the Fukushima accident. The direct cause of the accident from the viewpoint of traditional engineering is clear, and as a result various measures have been implemented around the world. The accident also provides many insights into the relationship between traditional engineering and Japanese society. In this paper, the root causes of the accident were studied by applying a psychological model for evocation of an individual’s anxiety related to social affairs  to the discussions in an undergraduate course at McMaster University. In the last section, the challenges, which McMaster students considered Japanese nuclear community is now facing and Canadian nuclear community can contribute to in future, are summarized.
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